Are you over the age of 40? Have you noticed you have trouble reading your smartphone? Are you stretching your arms and squinting your eyes trying to read your dinner menu? These can be very frustrating experiences, but it means you have been lucky enough to live this long. Almost everyone between the ages of 40-50 develops presbyopia, the decreased ability to focus on near objects. Providence Eye & Laser Specialists discusses how to alleviate near and distance vision issues through suitable eye surgery procedures.
For many years, dreaded reading glasses or bifocals were the only available treatment for presbyopia. However, thanks to technological advances, that is no longer the case. Today, people have several surgical options that correct both distance and reading vision issues. These procedures can be extremely successful, as long as your eye care specialist deems you an ideal candidate.
Patients have three surgery options to consider when searching for better near and distance vision. Potential solutions include:
Monovision LASIK is currently the most common way to correct near and distance vision issues simultaneously. Performed by LASIK eye care specialists, monovision is performed at Providence Eye via:
This procedure corrects the patient’s non-dominant eye for near vision and their dominant eye for distance vision. Due to the brain’s powerful ability to adapt, this vision change functions quite well after recovery is complete. Patients who have not experienced monovision with contact lenses must “test drive” this treatment technique before surgery in order to determine if your brain is able to adapt. Providence Eye provides this “test driving” service under the direction of Dr. Mills, our contact lens expert.
A third, slightly more invasive solution is lens replacement surgery. However, as with other procedures, this particular eye surgery only suits certain patient cases. Often called Restor, ReZoom or CrystaLens, lens replacement is not a LASIK eye surgery procedure. Deemed a form of cataract surgery, lens replacement surgery removes your lens and replaces it with a prosthetic lens that corrects both near and distance vision. This may be a good option for those suffering from cataracts and have vision changes due to the condition. However, Providence Eye’s Dr. Mozayeni feels lens replacement is typically not a suitable option if you have no onset of cataracts and your lenses are healthy.
As with all medical procedures, patients should always obtain a second opinion. While this seems like a big commitment, consider the precious nature of your eyes. Whether you’re hoping to receive laser eye surgery or undergo lens replacement surgery, selecting an inappropriate procedure or unqualified eye surgeon could be a decision you regret for the rest of your life. Ensure you remain diligent and thorough in researching any ocular correction procedure before heading into surgery - your eyes will thank you!